Hello there! My name is Robbi Keller and I am a full-time teacher in a rural school in southern Saskatchewan! I am currently teaching ELA, History, Social Studies, PAA and Art, although our semester is about to change.
I was raised in Pennsylvania, went to school on a rodeo scholarship (yes, that is a thing) at Montana State University where I earned a Bachelor’s of science in Secondary Education-Social Studies Broad Field (teaching minor in political science) and a Bachelor’s of Art in History. As a member of the women’s rodeo team, I finished top ten in the nation three years out of my four years of eligibility. Also, I was a member of the national championship women’s team for Montana State. The coolest thing about all that is that my picture is on the wall in the MSU Fieldhouse!
Before I was married to a Canadian, I was pursuing a teaching minor in Spanish, but dropped that when I decided I was moving to Canada. I miss speaking Spanish and am currently dusting off my skills thanks to Duolingo and Tinycards!
I am currently taking EDTC 400 for professional development and I really like learning about education technology. I took Katia’s class Winter 2017 and really enjoyed it so when I saw this class was offered this semester, I jumped at the chance to learn more!
I’m considered the “techy” teacher in my little school, introducing my colleagues and students to tools such as Powtoon, Google Drive, and Evernote! I want to begin integrating tools such as Google Classroom to help streamline procedures such as handing in homework and giving my students feedback on their writing assignments. I feel like the “right” technology tools can really aid a teacher in providing quick, meaningful feedback and help in recognizing where the student is at on the learning scale. Also, students can benefit from tools that might make learning easier (such as speech-to-text for writing papers or text-to-speech for students who struggle with reading, but are more auditory learners)
In my spare time, I still enjoy barrel racing and break-away roping at rodeos, reading (what kind of English teacher doesn’t like to read?!), sewing, and helping out on my husband’s family ranch in southern Saskatchewan. I’m addicted to chocolate and tea, all things Harry Potter (and Game of Thrones, I guess!)
I am married to a full-time cowboy, part-time artist named Shay. He is currently working on a few bronzes for the Calgary Stampede, which I think is super cool! I am little jealous that my husband is so artistically talented when I have to be content with stick figures and and word art!
We currently have five horses, a few dozen cows, and a “Gorgi” (Golden Retrieve x Corgi) named Grace that we adopted in October.